European Solidarity Corps - Quality Label
The European Solidarity Corps - Quality Label Is a compulsory accreditation for organisations interested to participate in the European Solidarity Corps volunteering, traineeships and job activities. It ensures consistently high standards in Solidarity Corps’ activities and help organisations find partners.
What it is
Depending on the type of solidarity activity an organisation wants to be involved in and its role, there are different requirements in order to obtain the Quality Label. An organisation can apply for a supporting and/or host role for volunteering and/or Traineeships and Jobs.
This is required to ensure compliance of the participating organisations with the principles and objectives of the European Solidarity Corps, as regards their responsibilities during all stages of solidarity activities.
All organisations holding a Quality Label gain access to the European Solidarity Corps database. However, having a quality label will not automatically lead to funding.
How it works
An organisation can apply for different scopes and roles of Quality Label, depending on the Actions it wishes to be involved in, as well as for a combination of several Quality Labels:
- Quality Label for Volunteering (supporting and/or host role);
- Quality Label for Traineeships;
- Quality Label for Jobs;
A Quality Label is not needed for solidarity projects.
The Quality Label is awarded for the entire duration of the programming period (2018-2020) and will remain valid until the end of the last project in which the organisation is involved, implemented through a grant of the current programming period.
In order to facilitate partner-finding, profiles of all organisations holding a Quality Label are published in a database of Quality Label organisations.
Additionally, as soon as the Quality Label has been awarded, organisations have access to the European Solidarity Corps Portal where they are invited to advertise activities for which they are looking for participants.
Organisations have to make use of the European Solidarity Corps Portal's database to search for participants.
Organisations having been accredited under the European Voluntary Service (EVS)/Erasmus+ volunteering programmes do not need to apply for the Quality Label.
Who can apply
For a Quality Label for Volunteering, any organisation legally established in
- a participating country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) or
- a partner country (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Russian Federation);
For a Quality Label for Traineeships or Jobs, any organisation legally established in
- a Member State of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom);
- any organisation having control links with affiliated entities can apply on behalf of these.
Where to apply
1. To the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for:
- Europe-wide networks or platforms of organisations applying for themselves and on behalf of at least one of their affiliated entities and involving at least two different countries;
- National public authorities and services (e.g. government ministries, national civic services);
- Organisations providing volunteering, traineeship or job activities run with the support of EU programmes other than the European Solidarity Corps.`
2. To the National Agency in which the applicant organisation is established for all other cases and for organisations established in a participating country.
3. To the relevant SALTO for organisations established in a partner country neighbouring the EU:
- SALTO South East Europe for organisations established in Western Balkans countries, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein and Serbia;
- SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus for organisations established in Eastern Partnership countries, the territory of Russia as recognised by international law, Iceland and Norway;
- SALTO EuroMed for organisations established in Southern Mediterranean.
Application forms for a Quality Label (call 2018) are available here.
When to apply
Applications for Quality Label can be submitted on a continuous basis.
Organisations with a valid European Voluntary Service accreditation can participate in volunteering activities without holding a Quality Label.
For further details, please check the European Solidarity Corps Guide.